Making it count!
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Today I am in the middle of week 16 and counting down toward the Philadephia half marathon. The first three weeks I worked on just getting my head in gear that I really was going to try and tackle this again - except doing a run/walk half marathon. It wasn't until I plunked down my hard earned cash, that it sank in. Last year at this time I was anxious beyond measure and just trying to find the way to get my hands around it. This year I am at least more aware of how hard it can be, appreciative that I have 16 weeks to go, and wary - VERY WARY of becoming too complacent and finding this a hard challenge.
Isn't a fitness and weight loss journey a lot like that? We get on a roll, we get complacent and then we backslide or hit a patch that was harder than we thought and we have to knuckle down again. It's a lot like life.
So I've come up with a few things to focus on to help me with my new determination to 'make it count'.
(1) There won't always be 'dress' rehearsals. Learn to get focused quickly on the goal and run toward it.
(2) Accept that the path toward a goal is not straight! If it were we would all be where we wanted to be because we could see the goal straight ahead. All too often it's a turn to the left, another turn to the right and finally here we go.
(3) Focus on the goal and not the challenges to get there - lest those challenges become so enormous and overblown in our minds we never move.
(4) finally there will never be another day like today. This day is the only day I have - yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn't promised. So best to grab hold with both hands and make this one count for all it's worth - it's all I have.
So there it is - a 59 year old woman heading into serious training for her second half marathon. At first I am overwhelmed; until I remember all that I have survived - a child with autism, another child having a respiratory arrest in front of me that I had to resuscitate, career changes, philandering husbands and more. I CAN DO THIS. I'm the only one who can MAKE me do it, and I'm the only one who can GET IN MY WAY. I choose to get out of my own way and to make it happen. Life IS what we make it.